Light rod 5'.6"-6'

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  1. noway

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    Anybody fishing small panfish with a light rod and if yes, what are you using? I've been looking for a one-piece rod in the above lengths and have yet to find one. I'm currently using a 5.6" Berkely cherrywood w/ abu garcia cardinal but it's mounted on a ultralight rod and I want something that's a light or maybe even a medium-light with a fast action.

    btw: I'm also looking for an american made rod. I had my eyes set on the falcon rods, but would use just about anything.
     
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    Try All Star. I have a 5'4" light spinning rod that I use for crappie, and I love it.
     

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    i use a zebco from walmart. they are about 30 dollars for a 5'6 ultralight rod with an ultralight spincast reel. great combo, i can't remember the name of it. i use it with a 1/64th ounce jig for bluegill. it works great, i highly recommend it.
     
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    {i use a zebco from walmart. they are about 30 dollars for a 5'6 ultralight rod with an ultralight spincast reel. great combo, i can't remember the name of it. i use it with a 1/64th ounce jig for bluegill. it works great, i highly recommend it.}

    thanks but zebco is not 100% usa made like falcon or allstar, i do believe most of their stuff is made in china which seems tobe everything that walmart sells nowadays. :( btw that picture showed a 2pc rod, I'm really looking for a 1pc.


    {I have a 5'4" light spinning rod that I use for crappie}

    niceguy, thanks for the lead, Btw do you know what model of rod you have? their ( allstar ) website has been slower than a snail. I'm still spinning ( pun intended ) my wheels trying to to pull up their freshwater spinning reels.

    Also how light of a jig do you use? I'm currently throwin 1/32 jigs with bass assain bodies with 6# or rapala line or berkeley vanishing line.
     
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    yeah it is a two piece rod. sorry, i overlooked that in your post.
     
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    Just roll your own!! Got into making rods a few years back. yeah, they look like crap because I'm a slob, but you can get what you want and fish always taste better on a home-made rod!!;f

    Cabelas has some good starter kits and there's nothing too hard about it. My only suggestion is order extra thread sealant epoxy.

    However, I can't beat my Orvis One Ounce. great for the small brookies back home and have brought in a few 4+ pound small mouths with it. Lots of fun for sure!!
     
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    I've been using a Cabelas Fish Eagle II 583 for years as my SM bass slayer supreme, but I don't think it's made in the US.

    It's one piece, 5' 8" medium light and usually it's tossing 1/16 oz jigs with twister tails on them using 6lb test Bagley Silver Thread. I have an ABU Cardinal 3 on it.

    Works pretty darn good.

    Tim
     
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    {Just roll your own!! Got into making rods a few years back. yeah, they look like crap because I'm a slob, but you can get what you want and fish always taste better on a home-made rod!!
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    I have to laugh at that, but seriously I whent to a local Marine auction last month and was looking for a VHF radio and ran across a bunch of saltwater rod blanks with ring guides. I was kinda interested ;)

    Right now I could do without takin on an additional hobby.

    {It's one piece, 5' 8" medium light and usually it's tossing 1/16 oz jigs with twister tails on them using 6lb test Bagley Silver Thread. I have an ABU Cardinal 3 on it. }

    Threadkiller that's my current but setup w/an ultralight rod & a cardinal 103, the bluegills, shellcrackers, warmouths and mayans, all kills any of my jigs. Ocasionaly I've been catching a few largemouths which is why I want the heavier rod. Pulling a 7+lbs bass from under a bunch of lilly leaves is not a task I look forward in doing with my ultralight rod. The last bass I caught this weekend weighed out to a little over 3.6lbs and my rod was bent into a U, plus the fact it was in a patch of SE florida tough lilly pads, didn't help very much. ;)

    btw: I'm using a reg 1/32oz lead jighead with Bass Assain tiny shad and/or curly shad and the fishs are going crazy. I also fish the 1/8-1/16oz guppie heads with the longer curly tails when I'm looking for the bigger Mayans or Bluegills and fishing clearer waters with no vegatation.
     
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    you might try looking at some of the rods that bass pro has to offer too. Also I belive that St. Croix might have a rod that would work for that. Just depends on how much you shell out for an American made rod. I was using a Daiwa Spinmatic-X till i broke the tip, being stupid (my fault), so I have to send it im to get a new replacement top section, its a 2 piece and is 6'6". I like a longer rod.
     
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    I'll have to check it out when I get home and get back to you with the model number. I bought it 4 years ago, and I'm not sure if that exact model is still offered. I bought it at Bass Pro's fishing classic for around $48 if I remember correctly. Regular price was around $80. They were also selling small Quantum spinning reels for around $10 so I couldn't help but pick up about half a dozen. The combination goes great together. I fish anywhere from 1/64 to 1/16 on that rig, and no more than 4# line. I once managed to land a 4.5# largemouth on that thing (4# line at the time), and it was interesting to say the least. Several times I thought I was going to run out of line on that tiny spool as my drag would begin to scream every time I would get the fish anywhere near the boat. I finally landed her though.
     
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    Thanks, but I whent ahead and stuck with the falcon rod, since I had one of their peacock rods that was given to me as a gift. I can't wait for it to arrive. I had to call around to find a rep & dealer but I'm sure the money I dropped should be worth it.

    Have anybody ever used a crowder rod and if so what do you think? I was doing some fishing & hunting last weekend and ran across a local ( SEFLA ) rod mfgs and I never heard about them until I read their article.